Sen. Schumer pushes for 'no-ride list' to protect rails

Following the discovery of an alleged al-Qaida plot to attack U.S. mass transit systems on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

ROSLYN - Following the discovery of an alleged al-Qaida plot to attack U.S. mass transit systems on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling for a "no-ride list."As News 12 Long Island has reported, an early look at documents seized from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan where he was killed last week revealed that al-Qaida was targeting the rails. While Pentagon officials were quick to point out that these plots were inspirational rather than imminent, Schumer says the U.S. needs to restore as much as $50 million in security funding for commuter rails. He has also proposed establishing a federal "no-ride list" for Amtrak similar to the no-fly list in effect at U.S. airports."The bottom line, we can't wait for an attack on our trains to spur us to action in the face of clear evidence that al-Qaida is intent on attacking our trains," he says.Some Long Island Rail Road commuters say they'll take every ounce of added security they can get."Trains are a way to get around, and now we have to be careful that might get bombed," says Alex Ribner, of Roslyn.

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